The policy approach of privatizing FAA functions is very concerning. Broad privatization of aviation oversight functions typically leads to negative financial impacts on General Aviation operations, and Part 91 operators in particular. The value and impacts of our nation’s aviation infrastructure are broad (economic development, national security, humanitarian, etc.), and it seems unwise to put this breadth of power and control in private hands, and we’ve seen what happens in other countries when privatization prevails.
Privatization advocates typically view and measure the infrastructure system in a limited way and structure funding according to that limited view. Current industry player positions seem to reflect this limited view and appear to be generalized as scheduled airlines vs. most everyone else. I’m glad NBAA and other industry titans are leading the fight against this approach. The United States is known for its aviation freedoms and breadth of infrastructure, which is why so many international pilots come to the United States to train. Let’s keep it that way: